Andy Carson plays center in his first year playing for the Grand Rapids Danger, In fact, it’s his first time playing organized basketball in three years. Carson, after moving from Minnesota, saw his opportunity to play competitively again and knew it was now or never to try out for the Danger - and he made it. Though, Carson’s ability to become a part of the team after being away from basketball for so long is no surprise. His athleticism and experience playing with dozens of different teams, players, and coaches at all levels make him one of the best players a team can have in their arsenal. Carson has lived many places, but after making it onto the Danger, recently getting engaged (soon to be married), and working somewhere he loves, it looks like Grand Rapids is a place he and his fiance, April, will stay.
Q: Where are you from?
A: That’s kind of a loaded question, my family moved around a lot because my Dad was a pastor.
Q: How many places did you live?
A: I’ve lived in South Bend, IN, Lacrosse, WI, Romeoville, IL, and Bloomingdale, MI. First grade through fifth grade I went to one school. Because of moving around I went to three different high schools.
Q: Which place do you most associate with “home” when people ask where you’re from?
A: I would have to say, Bloomingdale, because that’s where I graduated high school.
Q: Where was your favorite place to live?
A: I would say South Bend was my favorite because we got to go to a lot of Notre Dame football games.
Q: Where did you attend college?
A: Cross College in Rochester Minnesota. My older brother went there as well.
Q: What did you study in college?
A: Business and Biblical Studies
Q: What do you do now?
A: I’m a loan officer for Allegan Credit Union. I enjoy what I do, I like helping people.
Joining the Grand Rapids Danger and Future Goals
Q: So tell me a little about your transition to the Danger. How did you hear about the team and what made you want to pursue signing with the Danger?
A: After college, I didn’t play organized basketball for three years. I followed Allen on Instagram and saw there was a tryout and I had been wanting to move back to Michigan, so I decided to try out and I made it.
Q: What have you enjoyed most playing for the Danger so far?
A: The comradery with guys. We get along super well and just practicing and enjoying the time together.
Q: I’m asking you this late into the season, but what were some goals you had going into this season for yourself?
A: I just wanted to play after college but just didn’t have the opportunity in Minnesota. After I saw Allen’s post on Instagram I knew it was now or never and that I’d better try and play for a team that meant something. Now I'm playing with great people.
Q: What are your goals going forward in basketball?
A: Now I just want to win as a team. After that, I’ll take it (playing competitively) as it goes.
Q: Speaking of future plans, you got engaged this season! Congratulations! When is the wedding?
A: August 5th at 4:30 pm
Q: How did you meet?
A: April is a school teacher and my Dad is on the board and hired her. I was in town visiting from Minnesota and there was an auction at the school for a fundraiser and my Dad introduced us at the fundraiser. I think he knew what he was doing. He thought we would be good together. He saw it from a mile away.
Q: Has April always been a fan of basketball, or not until she met you?
A: April: I think I’m just a number one Andrew fan. He made me fall in love with basketball.
Q: Speaking of number one fans, April is arguably the most dedicated Danger fan we have. She drove all the way to Alabama from Michigan to watch you play and has also been at every home game. I know you’re both trying to travel to the championships in Texas even though you’re getting married the next day, isn’t that stressful?
A: April: We don’t think twice about being stressed. We’re excited and exhilarated. The plan would be to fly out Friday, play on Saturday and fly out that day, get married on Sunday and then fly to Maine on Monday.
Q: OK, so a few background questions for you; first, how and when did you start playing basketball?
A: I’ve been playing since I was four years old. I had a ball in my hand since I was young. Elementary through college.
Q: what is your most memorable basketball moment?
A: My sophomore year of high school, my brother was a senior and we won the state championship in Illinois. We won it together and that was pretty memorable.
Q: What is your most embarrassing basketball moment?
A: Probably my freshman year of college during a game and I pinned it off the backboard and it flew like 50 ft in the air. I got by hassled my teammates for a long time for that.
Q: Do you have a pre-game ritual or routine?
A: I pray before every game. I pray for strength and to be free from injury.
Q: Do you have a favorite music artist or band?
A: No, not really. I like Christian or country music.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Currently, Russell Westbrook, but my all-time favorite is Michael Jordan.
Q: If you could play another sport besides basketball, what would it be and why?
A: Tight end in football, I think that would be fun. I liked football. In high school, I was 160 lbs and was getting trashed.
Q: Outside of basketball, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
A: I like to hang out with my fiance and go to church. I also like to do a lot of weight lifting, bodybuilding. I did a men's physique competition in Minnesota last year. I got 4th out of 16 competitors. It was hard because I had a foot and a half against the guys next to me, but I’m not complaining.
Q: What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
A: I would say that I score over 2,000 points in college. Not a lot of people know that because on the Danger I don’t do the bulk of the scoring on the team.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or not, who would they be?
A: Jesus, April, and my Dad.